Berlin: More than 70 years after the end of World World II, one of Germany’s richest familiy has admitted to its dark links with Adolf Hitler’s regime. Spokesman of the Reimann family, Peter Harf, told Bild am Sonntag of plans to give 10 million euros (USD 11.3 million) to charity after learning of their elders’ support for the Nazis and their company’s use of forced labour during the war. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty. The two entrepreneurs have both passed away, they belonged actually in prison,” said Harf. Albert Reimann senior died in 1954 and his son in 1984. The company they left behind, JAB Holding, is today a behemoth that owns household brands ranging from Clearasil to Calgon. With wealth estimated at 33 billion euros, the Reimann family is believed to be Germany’s second richest. Harf said the family began digging into their dark past in the 2000s, and in 2014 decided to commission a historian to produce a thorough study into their ancestors’ ties to Nazism. The family plans to make public a full account when the book by the historian, Paul Erker of Munich University, is finished, said Harf. Quoting letters and archival documents, Bild am Sonntag said Reimann senior was a willing donor to Hitler’s SS as early as 1931. His company was in 1941 deemed a “crucial” firm in the war, as it produced items for the Wehrmacht and the armaments industry. In 1943, the company was using as many as 175 forced labourers, and employed a foreman who was known for his cruel treatment of the workers. Harf, who confirmed the conclusions drawn by the Bild report, said there had been no known efforts to provide any compensation to the forced labourers. “But we have since talked about what we can do now,” he said. “We want to do more and donate ten million euros to a suitable organisation.” Many of Germany’s biggest companies have over the decades confronted their Third Reich history.
Casablanca – The police in Marrakech, Morocco have adopted a controversial practice designed to put an end to prostitution in the southern city: Female policewomen in civilian clothes are currently patrolling the streets of the Red City hunting down nocturnal sex workers. More than 25 women were recently arrested in Marrakech for soliciting prostitution, according to daily Assabah’s Monday report. The arrestees were apprehended by a new corp of “undercover female cops” assigned to address prostitution in Marrakech, according to the same source.Police said the suspects were arrested for solicitation and drunkenness. The arrestees were subsequently brought before the public prosecutor before they were released on bail. Most of the arrestees were women from outside Marrakech, mainly from Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, and other Moroccan cities.According to Assabah, the new arrest campaign, which aims at combating prostitution, consists of sending female police officers in civilian clothes to the most popular streets in Marrakech, where there are more tourists than other areas in the city. Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is indefinitely suspending flights to Venezuela as political turmoil and unrest continues to grip the country.Airline spokeswoman Martha Pantin said Thursday that the airline will try to resume service when conditions are right but has no timetable for doing so.On March 15, American announced it was suspending its two daily flights from Miami to Caracas and one from Miami to Maracaibo through April 1. The airline acted after its pilots’ union told members not to operate flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns.American was the last U.S. airline flying to Venezuela.The United States was the first nation to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, heightening tension with the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. diplomats left the country this month.The Associated Press
St Thomas’ 0-15Loughgiel Shamrocks 0-7St Thomas’, inspired by the excellent Bernard Burke, won a thrilling All Ireland semi-final replay in Clones.In a smashing encounter packed with incident and drama Thomas’ overcame a shaky start to dethrone the All Ireland champions.Loughgiel Shamrocks missed three great goal chances in the first seven minutes and they were eventually punished by a rapidly improving Thomas’ outfit.Benny McCarry spurned two, while Loughiel talisman Liam Watson dragged an effort wide in the early exchanges.Relieved to be still in the reckoning Thomas’ improved as the first half wore on with points from Kenneth Burke, David Burke, and Conor Cooney edging them 0-5 to 0-2 ahead by the 17th minute.Watson hit two frees to trim the deficit, but impressive Thomas’ substitute Eanna Burke landed a fine score from distance.Eddie McCloskey then clipped Loughgiel’s only score from play in the game as Thomas’ went in 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the interval.A Watson free put Loughiel level immediately after the restart, but Thomas hit eight points on the spin to seize control.Cooney (4), man of the match Bernard Burke (3), and Richie Murray all found the range for John Burke’s side.Watson ended a 26 minute search for a Loughgiel score with a free, but Cooney hit back and Thomas’ emerged convincing victors.Thomas’ now face Offaly and Leinster standard bearers Kilcormac-Killoughey in a St Patrick’s Day decider at Croke Park.Scorers for St Thomas: Conor Cooney (0-6, 3fs, 165), Bernard Burke (0-4), Kenneth Burke (0-1), James Regan (0-1), Eanna Burke (0-1), Richie Murray (0-1), David Burke (0-1).Scorers for Loughgiel Shamrocks: Liam Watson (0-6, 6fs), Eddie McCloskey (0-1).St Thomas’: Patrick Skehill; Cathal Burke, Sean Skehill, Sean Burke; Enda Tannion, Darragh Burke, Robert Murray; James Regan , David Burke; Shane Cooney, Conor Cooney, Bernard Burke (0-4); Kenneth Burke, Richie Murray, Anthony Kelly. Subs: Eanna Burke for Tannion (23 mins), Gerald Murray for K Burke (44 mins), David Sherry for Kelly (54 mins).Loughgiel Shamrocks: Damian Quinn; Paul Gillan, Neil McGarry, Mark McFadden; James Campbell, Martin Scullion, Johnny Campbell; Barney McAuley, Tony McCloskey; Joey Scullion, Declan Laverty, Eddie McCloskey; Benny McCarry, Liam Watson, Shay Casey. Subs: Odhran McFadden for McAuley (41), Seamus Dobbin for Laverty (46 )Referee: James Owens (Wexford).
If you are looking for a great alternative to the standard Xmas music, then you have to check out 8-bit Christmas. It’s a full album of holiday music remixed and reimagined as chiptunes… and it’s so good.To listen to the album all you have to do it go to the site and hit play on the Flash player. If you totally love it then you can buy a CD for $10 (plus shipping) or click on a link on the site (it looks like a computer) to download it with a Paypal contribution of your choosing.AdChoices广告More chiptune Christmas music, the XMAS Compilation 2010, is available for free here if you just can’t get enough of this stuff. This is a different set of tracks from the other album, but it’s still quite enjoyable.If you are looking for something more conventional (but still not traditional) then you might lik SomaFM’s Holiday Lounge.via @garywhitta
Victoire juridique de YouTube en FranceLa plateforme vidéo a remporté le combat judiciaire qui l’opposait à la Société des producteurs de phonogrammes en France (SPPF).YouTube peut savourer. Assigné devant les tribunaux français par la Société des producteurs de phonogrammes en France (SPPF), le site de partage de vidéos a vu la plainte de cette dernière déboutée par le tribunal de grande instance (TGI) de Paris. En juin 2009, la SPPF, qui défend les intérêts des producteurs indépendants, avait attaqué YouTube pour atteinte aux droits d’auteur, rappelle Le Monde. Elle reprochait de ne pas avoir empêché la remise en ligne de certaines vidéos enfreignant le droit d’auteur et réclamait 11 millions d’euros. À lire aussiQuand Facebook commente Youtube…En mai 2008, la SPPF avait ainsi demandé à la plateforme vidéo de retirer 233 vidéos faisant partie de son catalogue. Ce à quoi YouTube avait répondu positivement, comme l’a noté le tribunal : “Il n’est pas contesté que la société YouTube a fait preuve de promptitude pour retirer de son site les fichiers ainsi dénoncés”. Seulement, en février et mars 2009, la SPPF a constaté que “123 des 233 vidéomusiques continuaient d’être visibles sur le site”, ces dernières donnant lieu à “49.824.777 visionnages, depuis leurs mises en ligne non autorisées”. Alors pourquoi, la justice a-t-elle donné raison à YouTube dans ce cas ? Tout simplement parce que le site a mis à la disposition de la SPPF une solution de traçage de ses contenus mais “qu’elle s’est abstenue de donner suite à cette proposition”, note le TGI. Résultat, YouTube s’en sort bien, la SPPF est condamnée à verser la somme de 30.000 euros pour couvrir les frais de justice.Le 29 avril 2011 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une tempête de neige fait 5 morts aux Etats-UnisCe week-end, de violentes chutes de neige et des pluies verglaçantes ont frappé la côte Est des Etats-Unis. Quelques trente centimètres de neige sont tombés par endroit, tandis que plusieurs villes ont été totalement paralysées. Selon le dernier bilan, les intempéries ont fait 5 morts. C’est un évènement rarissime pour la saison. Alors que les températures restent au-dessus des moyennes de saison dans plusieurs pays, les Etats-Unis ont reçu la visite surprise de la neige ce week-end. Samedi, une tempête de neige “historiquement précoce” s’est déclenchée sur les Etats de la côte Est. Mais si de nombreux habitants se sont ravis de cette arrivée et en ont profité pour faire des batailles de boules et des bonhommes de neige dans leur jardin, les chutes de flocons importantes et les pluies verglaçantes ont causé de nombreuses perturbations. Quelque 30 centimètres de neige sont tombés dans certains secteurs de Pennsylvanie, du Connecticut et du New Jersey, et jusqu’à 50 centimètres ont été recensés à Manhattan, au coeur de New York, ville qui s’est vue sérieusement paralysée par les intempéries. Dans le Massachussetts, les chutes ont même atteint par endroit 70 centimètres au sol. Des chiffres records que le pays n’avait pas connu depuis des décennies, relève l’AFP. Tandis que les températures sont passées en-dessous de zéro et que les vents soufflaient à plus de 100 kilomètres par heure, les transports ont été grandement perturbés. De même, les aéroports de New York et de Philadelphie ont enregistré des retards de plusieurs heures et même des suspensions de vols. Ajouté à cela, plusieurs milliers de foyers ont été privés d’électricité. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageSelon le dernier bilan des autorités, la tempête a également fait cinq morts dans plusieurs Etats, parmi lesquels trois victimes : une d’un accident de la route, une d’une électrocution et une d’une chute d’arbre. Lundi, les activités reprenaient lentement leur cours dans les villes américaines dont New-York. Découvrez en vidéo la tempête de neige qui a enseveli la côte Est des Etats-Unis ce week-end Le 31 octobre 2011 à 09:41 • Maxime Lambert
Barcelona uploaded special footage of a fresh-faced Lionel Messi making his club debut 15 years agoOn 16 November 2003, a 16-year-old Messi made his first-team debut as a 75th-minute substitute in a friendly against José Mourinho’s FC Porto.The game was in commemoration of Porto’s new Estadio do Dragao for the upcoming EURO 2004 competition on Portugal.In the footage released by Barcelona on Twitter, it shows a young Messi coming on the field and his reaction after costing himself a chance of scoring a double on his debut.The Argentine managed to create two chances on goal in the game and, while he wasn’t so pleased about the outcome, it was enough to convince Barcelona to have him train with the reserve and senior teams on a weekly basis.The match in Portugal ended in a 2-0 defeat.Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Ludovic Giuly would later comment on how remarkable the teenager was in his first training session with the senior side.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He destroyed us all… They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, he just got up and kept on playing,” said Giuly.“He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting centre-backs were nervous. He was an alien.”Messi would finally make his official debut for Barcelona in October 2004 against Espanyol in La Liga.💙❤ Leo #Messi✨15 years since the 👑 made his debut! pic.twitter.com/6jAoHMLeK0— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 16, 2018
X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: National Weather Service/Houston-GalvestonAlthough the rain is moving out of our area, winter has made a strong entrance in Texas with severe weather hitting several parts of the state for the past few days.The National Weather Service reports persistent rains started on Friday night and the heaviest occurred on Saturday.The severe weather hit hardest in Chambers County, as well as the southern section of Galveston County and the southeast part of Brazoria County.Texas City got about a foot of rain, but it was mostly street flooding.“The fortunate part was that, according to our estimates and what we’ve gathered, we had approximately only five homes that had some water damage,” says Thomas Munoz, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas City.In Galveston County, the airport registered almost 10 inches of rain and the city of La Marque had more than seven inches, while the bad weather even produced some hail in Wharton County.Dan Reilly, a meteorologist with the Houston-Galveston office of the National Weather Service, notes Harris County was spared any significant damage.“Anywhere from around an inch, some areas even three to six inches, particularly in the southeast and the northwest,” Reilly detailed about the impact in Harris County.The forecast for the rest of the week includes more rain on Wednesday night. 00:00 /01:11 Share
A 27-year-old man accused of plotting the July 15 shootout of a gangster here has been arrested, police said on Saturday. Kavinder Singh of Baund Kalan village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district was arrested from his hideout in Gurgaon’s Garhi Harsaru village on Friday night by the Crime Branch.Gangster Rakesh Hayatpur was shot at by four men in a car while driving to the district court. One person was killed and two were injured when his SUV rammed into an autorickshaw after the shooting near Central Mall. Kavinder Singh, a graduate, who plotted the attack, was produced before a magistrate on Saturday and sent to two days police remand. “Rakesh escaped the attack because
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ryan Murphy is certainly keeping busy. GAYSTARNEWS- EGOT EGOT EGOT EGOT EGOT EGOT EGOT EGOT— haiden (@hotdamitshaiden) February 5, 2018Production will start later this summer.Murphy’s busy scheduleMurphy is one of the most prolific creators in the television world.American Horror Story is still on, with its most recent season, Cult, tackling the 2016 election. The second season of American Crime Story, about the assassination of Versace, is currently airing.Fox picked up his new show, 9-1-1, for a second season only two episodes into its first.He also has Pose, set in 1980s New York, coming to FX. It’s already making history by casting the most number of trans actors.Finally, he has one more project at Netflix: Ratched. The upcoming series stars Murphy alumni Sarah Paulson as a young version of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.H/t: DeadlineGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Is Shangela playing Lady Gaga’s drag mother in A Star is Born?Barbra Streisand writes a love letter to her gay fansRyan Murphy joins Netflix in $300 million dealRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ryan-murphy-musical-political-comedy/ — carter loves tay (@rordog1999) February 5, 2018 One guess which way the political slant will go. | Photo: IMDB pic.twitter.com/3nargKhx2k Adding to his extensive TV list, he’s developing The Politician, an hourlong comedy series. Longtime collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are also on board.Netflix picked up the series after a competitive bidding war, with two seasons already ordered.Tony winner Ben Platt is starring in the series, with Barbara Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow in talks to join.So what’s it about?Platt plays a wealthy, aspirational politician, Payton, hailing from Santa Barbara, California.Each season will revolve around a different political race.It’s not clear who Streisand and Paltrow will play if they join. However, Paltrow previously appeared on Murphy’s Glee and recenty got engaged to Falchuk. They will also co-produce if they come on board.According to reports, the series is also said to have numerous musical numbers. Given the caliber of talent involved, the excitement is palpable.Ben Platt and Barbra Streisand are doing a Netflix show together pic.twitter.com/3ukvfXIL27— devlars♡ (@Devinlarson23) February 5, 2018
News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Viztek’s Opal-RAD PACS provides a suite of digital radiology tools. Related Content News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more August 11, 2009 – Viztek, a radiology solution provider, has been selected by In Her Image, West Caldwell, NJ, to provide In Her Image, a women’s imaging center, has llicensed Viztek’s PACS, RIS, and billing solutions for its new facility set to open within the next month. In Her Image performs digital mammography, as well as dexa bone density, breast ultrasound and biopsy. Viztek’s Opal-RAD PACS has full-scale mammography viewing capabilities, while retaining all its advanced multi-modality imaging capabilities. This eliminates the need for In Her Image to have separate workstations for different modalities and enables the use of a single image database for all exam report management. In addition to Opal-RAD’s standard features, the mammography viewer provides the new facility with specialized features, including Quad Zoom, chest wall justification with back-back breasts and advanced measurement tools. For more information: www.viztek.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | August 11, 2009 Women’s Imaging Center Chooses Viztek PACS, RIS, Billing Solutions Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more
We’ve been talking about DevOps a lot on the Packt Podcast. The reason for that is simple: it’s a critical part of how we actually build software from both a technical and an organizational perspective. And anything that draws us closer to the relationship between people and software can only be a good thing right? For this edition of the Packt Podcast we spoke to Nigel Kersten, who’s the VP of Ecosystem Engineering at Puppet. With Puppet playing an important role in the evolution of DevOps over the last decade or so, we thought he would be a great person to give an insight not only on how Puppet has been adapting to industry trends (yes, we’re waving at you, Kubernetes). Listen to the episode: Nigel Kersten talks DevOps We covered a diverse range of topics in the episode. From Nigel’s move from Google to Puppet (which, he tells us, slightly upset his mom…), through to the challenges – and pitfalls – engineering teams face when trying to implement DevOps. Read next: DevOps engineering and full-stack development – 2 sides of the same agile coin Key quotes from this podcast episode How to automate workflows effectively “One thing we definitely tell people to do is… don’t automate one service from end to end. Don’t pick one complicated three tier web application put a small team on it and say “your job is to puppetize all of this infrastructure. What, instead, is a more powerful way to work is you go what are those low level building blocks that are across all of your infrastructure…? What are the things that are common across all of your infrastructure? Automate those things because they’re often really simple to do, and the rewards are huge.” “Look at the things that are causing you pain in production. If you go and talk to the people who are on call, in charge of deployments, any of those parts of your infrastructure and ask them what would be the one thing that you would fix that would make your infrastructure more reliable, they will always have a shortlist of things… and when you do this, you start building trust across the whole organization.” The fear of automation “There’s always fear about adopting automation. There’s always fear about people’s jobs changing and adopting new tools and disciplines – sort of in an endless cycle of new tool adoption, people being told that they have to learn new things – the more you can actually show value across the whole organization that this thing’s relatively easy, a small investment for large returns, the more powerful an effect you’re actually going to have.” DevOps challenges “I think it’s a huge mistake if people think they’re embarking on a DevOps journey and they’re not willing to actually make some of the cultural and organizational changes – it’s about creating more cross-functional teams, it’s about giving them more autonomy, and it’s about actually letting people work across organizational boundaries without having to go up and down the hierarchy of the organization.” “Most people are actually struggling pre-DevOps in many ways… the people who we’ve seen fail are the ones who have gone, look we’re going to jump exactly from where we are now and try to move to an incredibly automated environment without putting a lot of the ground work in place – like building up trust within the org, giving teams more autonomy, allowing service owners to configure monitoring themselves – I think all of those sorts of things are really prerequisites for a whole organization succeeding at DevOps.”
Panasonic has announced the addition of a new video-centric body to its LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless camera range. Designed and developed specifically for film production, the LumixS1H delivers the flexibility of cinema-quality video in a highly mobile mirrorless camera body.The new body is expected to hit the shelves in autumn 2019, and is the first camera of its kind to offer 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording, and the first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K cinema-quality video recording.Featuring V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range covering 14 stops, the LUMIX S1H will offer film-makers a wide colour space with rich gradation on a par with Panasonic’s Cinema VariCam, delivering true cinema-style results from an impressively compact setup. V-Log footage from the S1H is compatible with V-Log footage recorded on VariCam and V-Log L footage recorded on the LUMIX GH5/GH5S — offering outstanding flexibility for film-makers.LUMIX S1 gets enhanced video featuresIn tandem with the announcement of the S1H, Panasonic is also giving owners of existing LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless cameras access to some of the S1H’s enhanced video features through an optional software update.Some of the enhancements included in the update are:– 14+ stops of V-Log recording– World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p internal video recording– World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output– V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look– In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)– A WFM (Waveform Monitor) displays brightness level while recording– High-res 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit sound can be recorded in MOV using the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1Existing LUMIX S1 owners and new purchases in Ireland and the UK will be able to avail of the upgrade free of charge from 01 July 2019 to 30 September 2019. From 01 October onwards the upgrade will cost GB£179 (c. €200).Read more about the LUMIX S-Series full-frame mirrorless cameras on the Panasonic UK website.Find the LUMIX S1 on Amazon.comAuthor BioCalvin Jones is a freelance writer, author and wildlife nut based in West Cork, Ireland. As well as writing books, articles and sharing his passion for the natural world, Calvin works with business clients, helping them harness the power of outstanding content to drive value.LinkedIn | TwitterIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Young visitors to Australia stay for around eight months and spend over $13,000 each. Planned increases to the cost of working holiday visas (WHV) will impact Tourism Australia’s youth marketing initiatives, according to Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC).ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani said the youth travel market plays an important role in our inbound visitation, spending considerably more than the average international visitor.“Young people visiting Australia, and working holiday makers in particular stay around eight months and spend over $13,000 each,” Ms Mariani saidA recent meeting of the Executive Council of the UN World Tourism Organisation highlighted the value of youth travel in the tourism mix, with the sector reported to be worth over $185 billion US dollars globally.It is crucial Australia taps into this increasingly valuable market and looks to more effectively target the youth market, according to Ms Mariani.The 28.6 percent increase to the WHV fee outlined in last month’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook adds pressure on industry operators.“It further undermines the industry’s international competitiveness, compounding the view that Australia is an expensive destination for youth travellers,” Ms Mariani added.“If the WHV is one of our major drawcards in an increasingly competitive global tourism landscape, the Government should be supporting the industry by bringing down the barriers and increasing our competitiveness.”
Source = ETB News: P.T. Caribbean airline LIAT has come under fire from a savvy passenger whose exceptionally sarcastic complaint letter has garnered the attention of aviation magnate Sir Richard Branson.Mr Branson said he was “tickled” to read the brilliant note, retweeting the letter through his personal Twitter account, news.com.au reported.Mr Branson was hailed the recipient of the ‘world’s best airline complaint letter’ in 2009, when a passenger sent the Virgin Group founder a disgruntled email, with images attached.The LIAT complainant said that on his journey to the Caribbean he was forced to fly to six different airports, change planes on numerous occasions and was constantly patted down when clearing customs during each leg of the voyage.He also wrote that when he finally arrived at his destination, it was so late that the ferry had stopped running and all the restaurants and bars had ceased trading.As for his luggage… “Keep the bag, I never like it anyway,” the complainant said in his sign-off.The letter to LIAT, which has a partnership with Virgin Atlantic, was penned by Arthur Hicks. Passenger complains about Caribbean airline journey.
Prisoners of war from 1974 have accused the government of rejecting every application for the honorary allowances promised earlier this year, claiming the pledge was nothing more than pre-election fireworks.President of the Prisoners of War Association, Vasos Christou, told Phileftheros that the government had informed all members of the association, either in writing or by telephone, that they are not entitled to the allowance promised by a cabinet-approved bill in January this year .According to Christou, members are being rejected either because they cannot be identified in military lists, or because they are considered to have been hostages and not prisoners of war. Others have been rejected because applicants cannot be found in the Red Cross registry.Though the law provides that holders of a Red Cross certificate from the 1974 fighting are considered prisoners of war, one said he was denied his allowance even though he presented his Red Cross certificate. Another claimed he was rejected because he could not provide a national guard service number, even though this was impossible because the Cypriot national guard was only established after his group was no longer active. “Does that mean I wasn’t a prisoner of war?”War prisoners had previously requested from the labour minister, Zeta Emilianidou, to be exempted from the 12 per cent pension deduction in the case of early retirement, to which she responded that no one was exempt from the legislation.In June she proposed instead an allowance depending on pension received, which translated to a €5.70 bonus for those who receive a pension of €1,500 and €59.70 for those who receive a pension of €700.Though the prisoners of war said they disagreed with the adequacy of the proposal, they accepted it in view of anticipated improvements in honorary allowances.According to the law passed in January, the allowance would be proportional to how long the prisoners of war spent in a Turkish jail during and after the invasion.A home-care plan for prisoners of war was also approved under which beneficiaries included those with an annual income of €19,000 or less – the tax-free ceiling – and who have less than €20,000 in bank deposits.In addition to being rejected the allowance, Christou said that prisoners of war are being denied other benefits they are entitled to, such as the home-care plan and free medical treatment, as 2.5 per cent is still being shaved off their earnings. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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and that it is curious that in spite of not meeting requirements, This was, also was formally charged Thursday as a party to the crime Like Andrews he was in St Louis County custody and is awaiting extraditionThree additional suspects — Teah J Phillips 17 of Superior; Kane M Robinson 20 of Duluth; and Dallas E Robinson 18 of Duluth — are at the Douglas County Jail The three are expected to be formally charged and arraigned Friday afternoon according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s OfficePolice planned to speak more on the case at a press conference Friday afternoon Department officials did not respond to a request for comment ThursdayAccording to the criminal complaint:Velin’s body was discovered by his girlfriend who was upstairs at the time of the shooting She told police that Velin sold marijuana and knew of at least one person who owed him about $300Following the announcement of Velin’s death police received numerous tips and monitored social media comments which mentioned Andrews and Phillips who are in a relationshipA man who lives in rural Duluth told police on Wednesday that Andrews and his mother had been to his home and wanted to hide their car behind his house He said Andrews also showed him a small handgun The man said he did not want to get involved and contacted policeA Superior police detective saw the car on the road and initiated a traffic stop He held the car at gunpoint until back-up arrived and Andrews the passenger was arrested Phillips approached the school liaison officer at Superior High School on Wednesday wanting to talk about the homicide She came with a friend and they reported to the officer that they were together the entire evening Phillips stated she had broken up with Andrews on Friday and had not seen him since SundayInvestigators spoke with several other students who reported that Phillips was involved in the incident One student said Phillips told him that she was with Andrews when Velin was killed The student said Phillips told him that “Garth has weed and they were looking for money” She allegedly reported that Andrews pulled a gun a struggle ensued and the gun dischargedInvestigators re-interviewed the 16-year-old girl who accompanied Phillips to the earlier meeting with the school liaison officer This time she reported that she was only with Phillips for part of the evening The girl said she stayed in Duluth while Phillips left in a car with Andrews Dunn Dallas Robinson and Kane RobinsonThe student said she did not hear about the shooting until later in the evening When she read about it on Twitter she had a brief conversation with Phillips The girl stated that Phillips told her that Andrews shot Velin and that it was an accidentOn Wednesday the two exchanged text messages throughout the day Phillips wrote to her at one point: “I might as well have done it myself”In a later message Phillips wrote: “I haven’t seen Chance since Sunday after he broke up with me on Friday” The girl said she believed that was the information she was supposed to tell police if askedPhillips and her mother voluntarily came to the Superior police station at 2 pm Wednesday Investigators told her that she “needs to start telling the truth”Phillips admitted that the evening of the incident she picked up Andrews Dunn Kane Robinson and Dallas Robinson She said they drove back to Superior and she was ordered to park behind the Subway restaurant at 38th Avenue EastPhillips said Andrews told her they were “going to get some money” She was directed by Andrews to walk to Velin’s house and knock on the door She did so and told the man that answered that she was looking for a lost puppyPhillips said she returned to the car and they showed her a Facebook picture of Velin She confirmed that he was the one that answered the doorPhillips said she remained in the car with Kane Robinson while Andrews Dunn and Dallas Robinson left on foot to go to Velin’s house They returned a short time later and told her that “it went bad”Andrews told her that he had pulled a gun on Velin but that Velin grabbed it Phillips said The gun accidentally discharged and Velin was struck by the bulletPhillips said she drove back to Duluth with the four passengers and Andrews told everyone in the car that “what happened does not leave this car” or he would kill them Phillips dropped the friends off and returned to SuperiorPolice received several other tips in relation to the incident One neighbor on the 3700 block of East First Street called and reported that three males in their teens to early 20s were walking on the block wearing bandanas over their faces about 15-20 minutes before the shootingA driver also reported seeing the three men on East Second Street at the time of the shooting The three men were running until they crossed behind the Subway station where they slowed to a walk the person saidAll five suspects were taken into custody WednesdayThe teasing never ended but Chauvin eventually learned to overlook 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and Chauvin had to wear a boy’s jacket because that’s all that was availableEven in America Chauvin said she felt like she was still in a refugee campTen years old she was placed in a kindergarten class where she knew less about reading and writing English than her younger classmates"They say ‘land of the free’ but I still didn’t feel like we were free" Chauvin said "We didn’t know English My parents didn’t want us leaving the house because they didn’t trust the world You land into this brand-new world and you don’t know what to expect and so we were always kept inside"Chauvin’s parents found her a husband when she was 17 years old and they married before she turned 18 She hardly knew him"As a Hmong woman if you’re not married by 18 . 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